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U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:25

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in WarsawBy Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of workers at the Department of Homeland Security's headquarters as well as its U.S.


Parents turn teen in for sexting

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:52

Parents turn teen in for sextingPolice say parents of a 13-year-old girl turned her in for sexting naked selfies to boys.


Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:49

Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama backPolice have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.


Koch 101: Some basics on the billionaire brothers

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:25

FILE - This March 4, 2014 file photo shows William Koch, brother of Charles Koch and David Koch interviewed in New York. The Kochs are demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A primer on the Koch brothers and their role in politics.


6 thoughts from William Koch on family, politics

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:23

FILE - This March 4, 2014 file photo shows William Koch, brother of Charles Koch and David Koch interviewed in New York. The Kochs are demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)Six thoughts from William Koch, on family, money and politics. From an interview with The Associated Press:


4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:21

This undated photo provided by the Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries shows the Koch family photo on holiday card. They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. (AP Photo/ Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries)WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks.


1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:15

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set freeA former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.


Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:36

Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nightsFerguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.


Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 20:33
By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at the apparent involvement of a Briton in the murder, which has fed concerns about the number of Islamist militants from Britain joining conflicts overseas and then returning home radicalised. Home Secretary Theresa May said she was preparing new laws to tackle Islamist militants at home and to stop them going abroad to fight, adding that Britain faced a long struggle against a "deadly extremist ideology".

Sharpen the pencils: Tennessee revives cursive teaching

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:06
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Children in Tennessee will have to get used to holding a pencil again next year when new cursive handwriting standards go into effect in schools throughout the state. The trend around the United States is to emphasize keyboarding - a skill that is included in the Common Core education standards adopted by most states. "I am surprised we have stopped teaching it in some places," said Gary Nixon, executive director of the Tennessee School Board. If you can do it, great, but if not, it doesn't matter," said Cory Woodroof, 21, a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville who felt grade school handwriting classes were wasted time.

Getting your child the needed vaccinations

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 19:01

Getting your child the needed vaccinationsThe CDC wants to make sure all parents know what vaccinations their children will need as they prepare for another school year.


Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 18:02

President Barack Obama, center, speaks with people on the porch while visiting with Valerie Jarrett and friends in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Obama is vacationing for about two weeks on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.


Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:32

Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformedLAS VEGAS (AP) — The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than a vague promise to return.


3 Japanese freshmen killed in California crash

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 15:35

Debris and a newly-installed utility pole sit at the site of a fatal crash Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. Three Japanese college students were killed and five other foreign students were injured late Thursday, when a car carrying them veered off a California freeway and struck a utility pole, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Eight incoming freshman college students from Japan were riding in a small car that ran off a California freeway and hit a power pole, leaving three of them dead and five of them injured, officials said.


Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:25

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, the state ferry MV Wenatchee sails across Elliott Bay out of Seattle and past the Space Needle as the Cascade Mountains are seen behind. Officials have warned for years about the chronic shortchanging of the ferries, and they’re wondering now whether a recent series of mishaps is just coincidence, or a more troubling sign of how deeply the state has cut into a transportation system that is a major economic driver and a lifeline for many communities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier.


Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:23
MILLS, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours.

Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:06

This image made from a video provided by KOMO News shows damage in north central Washington after rain created mudslides on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The land, which was left bare by wildfires, washed down hillsides, damaged homes and closed highways. (AP Photo/KOMO News) SEATTLE OUTTWISP, Wash. (AP) — Heavy rains that unleashed mud slides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires damaged or destroyed an estimated 10 homes and blocked highways, officials said Friday.


University of New Mexico suspends soccer coach over hazing

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:29
By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The University of New Mexico women's soccer coach and 22 players on the team were ordered suspended on Friday over a hazing incident that landed one extremely intoxicated freshman athlete in the hospital last weekend, the athletic department said. The university athletic director, Paul Krebs, announced the disciplinary action as the school forfeited the team's season-opening match against Texas Tech University, resulting in a $5,000 fine against UNM. Kit Vela, entering her 14th season as coach of women's soccer at the university, will be placed on suspension for one week without pay, starting on Monday, forcing her to miss one scrimmage but no official games.

Heroes honored for saving driver who suffered heart attack

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:26

Heroes honored for saving driver who suffered heart attackA woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel and her car went plunging into Cobbs Creek earlier this week and on Friday three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her life.


Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girls

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:11

Bensalem teen found guilty of sexually assaulting 10 girlsA Bensalem teen could spend more than 80 years in prison after being convicted late Friday in the rapes and sexual assaults of 10 young girls.